TikTok, the leading worldwide short video platform, has shut down its Indian office and laid off all 40 employees in the country.
This is a direct result of the company’s prohibition in India in 2020.
TikTok’s second largest market was India, but the ban was issued owing to national security concerns.
TikTok has announced the complete shutdown of its Indian headquarters, implying that the business has no plans to relaunch the service in India.
“We have taken the decision to close our India remote sales support hub, which was put in place at the end of 2020,” said an official spokeswoman.
According to reports, the entire number of staff employed by the TikTok India office was 40, and they have all been laid off.
Following a formal meeting, the employees were pink-slipped and informed that severance money would be provided for the next nine months.
Attempts to achieve an agreement with the Indian government were futile, culminating in TikTok’s loss of the Indian market.
The company still has an office in India, with personnel mostly serving the Brazilian and Dubai markets.
Furthermore, according to rumors, Indian TikTok staff have been informed that their last day of work will be February 28, 2023.
Employees would be given free rein to look for new jobs because the company has no plans to recommence operations in India.
Employees in the India office provided catering services to the markets of Brazil and Dubai.
The app was prohibited by the Indian government in 2020 due to security concerns, and it was one of 200 apps blacklisted in the country.
The app’s future in the United States is also not clear as senators are calling for the app to be banned in the country.